So Canadian Rider today , we're gonna be doing a video on how to wash and wax your motorcycle .
So , the first thing you're gonna want to do is bring the motorcycle inside if possible or into the shade and gather the supplies you'll need .
So you'll need two buckets , car , shampoo tire and rim cleaner , um , wax an assortment of microfiber towels and a bunch of different brushes .
The very first thing we're gonna do is rinse the motorcycle depending on how heavily soiled your motorcycle is .
Um , you can use a pressure washer .
I had a pressure washer .
So I'm gonna use that .
And if you can , if you have one of those foam guns , go ahead and give it a good foam down because it's gonna help break down the dirt .
That's actually on the paint .
Now , it helps if you have a pressure washer because it's gonna be a little bit of nice stream of pressure coming in , which will also help get rid of that initial layer of dirt on top of the paint .
So that's the biggest thing we want to worry about in this step is making sure that we're working on a fresh canvas .
We wanna remove as much dirt and grime as possible on the bike before we do any touching of the paint .
So , using my pressure washer , I put a lot of soap on the motorcycle and now I'm gonna be rinsing it all off and this should have knocked off a lot of the grit and grime that's been stuck on the motorcycle .
So the first thing you're gonna want to address on the motorcycle are your tires and rims usually because they're the most dirty .
So the first thing I do is I go ahead and soak the tire and the rim with the rim cleaner that I have and you can pick up any car , conventional rim cleaner .
And then I go ahead and use a specific brush for these tires .
They're a little bit stiffer and I'm going ahead and I'm rubbing down on the tires and scrubbing away all the dirt and grime with the tire and rim cleaner to really break it down .
And then right after that , I'm gonna use another brush , uh , for the rim .
So I'm gonna go ahead and scrub the rims with this brush , get all that grime off .
And then finally I have another brush which I use to get inside of the spokes between the rims and you could probably just use one brush .
You don't need all three like I do .
But I go ahead and make sure I got all the areas of the rim and it's all being agitated nicely .
And another key thing is especially if it's hot , you want to keep the area wet .
So you can see , I spray a little bit more product on there and keeping the area wet .
Um , this is just a safer practice in case you have any bad chemical reaction from the rim cleaner to your rims or anything like that .
So I keep it all wet and we're scrubbing away and cleaning it all off .
So now for the little areas around the rims and tires , specifically the shocks and the calipers , I use a softer paint brush actually .
And there are other more specialized brushes for this .
But you wanna go ahead and start agitating the dirt from all these small areas .
So something like a nice small little brush and you're working it in with the tire and rim cleaner and just working out all the grime and dirt and once that's all done , you can go ahead and rinse off the entire assembly of the shocks , the tires and the rims .
So now we're gonna begin washing the motorcycle .
The first thing you're gonna do is get two buckets .
One is your wash bucket , which has your water and soap solution .
And the other one is your rinse bucket , which is simply the rinse solution or the water .
Now , I use a Microfiber Chanel Mitt .
You can use whatever mits you'd like , but I prefer something like this and under each bucket or inside each bucket .
I have what they call a grit guard .
So this is just a little piece of plastic that goes at the very bottom of the bucket and you're able to scrub your microfiber mit onto that and all the dirt falls below inside at the bottom of the bucket .
So it's not back up into your water when you're washing your motorcycle .
So to start washing a motorcycle , you're gonna take your MIT , put it in the water and soap solution and go ahead and do one section like I'm doing right now .
Once that section is done , you're gonna take that MIT , put it into the rinse bucket and in the rinse bucket , you're gonna have that grit guard that we talked about .
You're gonna rub the mit on that grid guard to release all the dirt that's been built up there to the bottom of the bucket .
Once that's done , you're gonna take it out , put it back into the soapy water solution that you have and continue on to the next panel and you're just gonna continue this for the rest of the motorcycle .
So the reason why we do a two bucket method when you're washing your motorcycle or any car , especially with a clear coat is that you don't want the dirt and the grits to be rubbing back into your paint .
This causes a lot of the swirl marks and scratches that you see affecting a lot of motorcycles and cars .
So this will help prevent that .
So with a motorcycle , you're gonna have a lot of areas where you can't actually access with the wash mit to give it a good , nice wash .
So you're gonna have to have a little brush which you can apply some all purpose cleaner to the area and go ahead and scrub all the dirt and grime away .
Once that's done , you go ahead and just rinse it with some water and you're good to go .
So once you've done washing the motorcycle , you wanna make sure you give it one good final rinse to get any possible soap or anything that's left on the paint .
So to dry your motorcycle , you can go ahead and just use a waffle weave towel or any microfiber towel .
But for me personally , I got kind of got annoyed with , you know , drawing all the nooks and crannies of the bike .
I went ahead and bought some cheap small air blower and that makes drying the bike actually a lot faster .
But either way you just want to make sure you get the bike nice and dry .
At this point , you've washed your motorcycle and you've dried it and now you're at the final step where you're gonna add that layer of protection that wax can provide .
So wax , not only adds protection , it makes it easier to wash your motorcycle in the future and it provides extra depth and clarity onto the paint So when you're applying the wax guys , you're gonna wanna make sure you use as little wax as possible .
Putting extra wax on your firing isn't going to protect it any more than putting a small amount because you're gonna end up buffing all that anyway .
And it's gonna make it harder for you .
Wax usually stays on 10 microns on top of your paint .
So no matter how much wax you're gonna put on , it's just gonna be extra work for you and it's not gonna show any benefit .
So use as little as possible and you'll know you're getting coverage .
If you see a slight haze over the paint , that's all that's needed .
And you make sure you get all the fairing is covered in that every wax or ceiling has a different dry time .
What you can do to test this to know if it's dry .
I've waited a half an hour in this case is take your finger and go ahead and wipe the paints .
If you see a clean wipe across , that means , you know , the wax is dried , then you can go ahead and begin buffing it off up guys is you're gonna go ahead and use a clean microfiber towel .
I reiterate the point clean because you don't want to take a dirty one and then ruin all the work that you did and go ahead and buff off the wax .
Once that's done , go ahead , bring it out into the sun check it out , make sure you got all the wax buffed off properly off the fairings and that's basically it .
So I've taken some shots here .
You can see how it looks .
That's basically how you wash and wax your motorcycle guys .
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